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TRAVEL
May 6, 2007 | Debora Vrana, Special to The Times
GOING to Las Vegas without seeing a show is like getting married there without an Elvis impersonator. But how do you score the best bargains in a town where 75 ticketed shows are playing? How do you beat the ticket brokers and the high rollers to get a decent seat at a decent price? The stakes have never been higher. The average cost of a production-show ticket (excluding tour headliners) is $68.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
It's going to Vegas, baby. "Jersey Boys" is joining the migration of high-rolling Broadway blockbusters to Sin City. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the story of Frankie Valli and '60s pop group the Four Seasons, will take up residence in early 2008 at the new Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, currently under construction.
TRAVEL
April 22, 2007 | Kevin Capp, Special to The Times
JUST a few years ago, the prospect of an electronic-music resurgence in Las Vegas would have been laughed off by many of the city's club heavies as a pipe dream, a fairy tale that die-hard fans might have told themselves. That was then. Now, thanks in part to the efforts of true believers, the dance-centric subgenre, which sounds like disco high on technology, is coming back -- and more and more casino clubs want a piece of the action.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
SHORTLY after clocking in for his Saturday night shift, Ernest Ganem begins scanning the sky above Las Vegas for planes. Soon he sees one, and yes, it's performing a landing pattern. So Ganem, 55, whose shift runs from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., heads to the airport to get a crack at the newly arrived passengers. He's been driving a taxi in Vegas for 17 years, and his job has changed with the town.
TRAVEL
April 22, 2007
Soulkitchen at the Red Room Saloon is not the only electronic soundscape playing in Vegas. Some other parties where deep house music is playing: Back2Back Jet, inside Mirage, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; (702) 693-8300 Vibe: Screens dotting the ceiling in the large circular main room display all manner of images that react to the sound booming from the speakers. Godspeed Foundation Room, inside Mandalay Bay, 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; (702) 632-7600.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A plan to pump billions of gallons of groundwater from a rural valley to Las Vegas was cut to less than half the requested amount by the state's water engineer. An order issued by state engineer Tracy Taylor says the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which requested about 91,000 acre-feet of water yearly from Spring Valley, can pump 40,000 acre-feet of water per year for 10 years.
TRAVEL
April 8, 2007 | David Surratt, Special to The Times
NO one's ever had trouble finding a functional drinking establishment off-Strip in Las Vegas; dives are tucked everywhere east and west of the mega-wattage main drag. What's harder is finding a place that's not a den of sallow-eyed souls staring into video poker screens like sloshed air traffic controllers. For anyone wanting something more, bars in Vegas are a bad-odds gamble, typically as tired and cliched as they are desperate.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Oscar Goodman, a former mob lawyer and self-proclaimed "happiest mayor in the world," breezed to a third term as mayor of Las Vegas. The Democrat won 84% of Tuesday's vote with all precincts reporting, easily avoiding a June runoff. Since he was first elected in 1999, Goodman has cultivated a popular, irreverent persona. He travels with a pair of showgirls and endorses Bombay Sapphire gin. He made headlines this year for teaching a class on martini making at a community college.
TRAVEL
April 1, 2007 | Dan Neil, Times Staff Writer
AMERICA'S Fantasy Island in the desert, Las Vegas specializes in the once-in-a-lifetime thrills of the internal-combustion variety. When the river, the turn and the flop no longer hold your interest, here's a list of wheel-based giggles. SPEEDWAY CASINO Billed as America's only "racing-themed casino," this desperate and sketchy little casino is a few minutes south of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Hilton Hotels Corp., the second-largest U.S. hotel company, said it would build a time-share property outside of Las Vegas that would include its first units under the Waldorf-Astoria brand. The project, which is scheduled to open in 2009, also will include 200 Hilton-branded units at the Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nev., the company said.
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